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NYC: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island First Tour of the Day

1. NYC: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island First Tour of the Day

Be the first of the day to discover two of New York’s most iconic monuments with exclusive first ferry tour departure to Liberty Island, including a visit to the Statue of Liberty Museum and Ellis Island. Watch American history come to life with the only tour operator that runs ferries this early. Arrive at the grounds just under the watchful eye of Lady Liberty, where great views across NYC's skyline, Lower Manhattan, and the Big Apple await. Then, board the city's earliest ferry to Ellis Island (early morning tour only), ensuring you avoid the swelling afternoon crowds. Follow in the footsteps of some 12 million immigrants and learn about the process those hopeful individuals went through to settle in America. View and walk the Stairs of Separation, growing to understand the Island's two very unique names - "The Island of Hope" and "The Island of Tears". After your guide has explained to you the history, they will give you the option to continue your exploration of Ellis Island on your own with the audio guide (included) or return to The Battery on the ferry with them. If you wish, feel free to stay on Ellis Island a bit longer to explore your personal heritage and find all the unique and interesting sights in the special location.

Lower Manhattan Tour: Wall Street & 9/11 Memorial

2. Lower Manhattan Tour: Wall Street & 9/11 Memorial

Meet your guide in the Financial District to learn about the early history of New York City, the early Dutch settlement and the transformation into today’s financial capital. It was like the Wild West, a trading outpost on the outskirts of the law where guns and ammunition were traded in exchange for beaver pelts from the Native Americans. You will see financial and historical landmarks such as Wall Street, the New York Stock Exchange, House of Morgan, the Charging Bull, as well as go inside Federal Hall and Trinity Church. At the New York Stock Exchange building, you'll learn how a group of 24 traders wanted to formalize their trading and created the Buttonwood Agreement, which gave birth to the stock exchange. You'll stand at the site of the first terrorist attack on New York City, which remains unsolved to this day.  Walk along Wall Street to 40 Wall Street where your guide will share the story of the Skyscraper Race within the concrete jungle, when two buildings simultaneously being constructed to out-do one another in height takes an surprising turn. Your guide will bring you inside Trinity Church, whose graveyard contains the remains of many great Americans: signers of the Declaration of Independence, and founding Father, Alexander Hamilton and inventor Robert Fulton.  Hear about the political rivalry between Alexander Hamilton and Vice President of the United States Aaron Burr that came to a bloody end. Next, you will have the chance to reflect at the 9/11 Memorial.  Against the peaceful background sounds of the trickling water coming from Reflecting Absence waterfalls, which are built on the actual footprint of the former World Trade Center buildings, your tour guide will give an overview of the events of that day, as well as more emotional and heroic stories of the people who were involved in the attacks and immediate rescue efforts. You'll also learn about the symbolism and design of the memorial itself as well as the new WTC buildings, such as One World Trade. For the last stretch of the tour, walk south down Broadway where you'll see the famous Charging Bull statue, Bowling Green Park, and the Canyon of Heroes. Your tour concludes in Battery Park where your guide will give an overview of our country's immigration history as you stare out the harbor towards the Statue of Liberty. Itinerary includes: New York Stock Exchange Wall StreetFederal HallHouse of MorganTrump BuildingTrinity Church National 9/11 MemorialCanyon of Heroes/Ticker Tape Parade Route Charging Bull Alexander Hamilton Custom House Battery Park and Castle Clinton

NYC: Battery Park and Statue of Liberty Self-Guided Tour

3. NYC: Battery Park and Statue of Liberty Self-Guided Tour

Experience the convenience of this self-guided audio and GPS tour of Battery Park and the Statue of Liberty in New York. Learn all about these fascinating regions of the big apple from the comfort of your own smartphone.  Begin at the Netherlands monument, where you’ll hear about the huge importance of the Dutch in early New York. Next, visit some Italian history by stopping at Alberti Marker and the statue of Giovanni de Verrazzano.  Stroll to the pier to learn about the war memorials here. Look across the water to admire the Statue of Liberty, before turning to Ellis Island. Enhance your experience with content from local guides, that is brought to life by talented writers, and voice artists. See many other important sites like the World War II Memorial, Staten Island, and the shining SeaGlass Carousel. Use the animated videos on the app to help visualize the past. Save your data with the offline option. 

New York City: Combination Self-Guided Walking Tours

4. New York City: Combination Self-Guided Walking Tours

See everything New York City has to offer at your own pace with a bundled pack of 6 self-guided walking tours. See the Central Park Zoo, stroll through Times Square, and explore the Grand Central Terminal with your Action Tour Guide app. Your tour of Central Park begins at the corner of 5th and 59th and takes you through the best spots in this historic park. Stop at the Central Park Zoo and meander along the famous, tree-lined mall. Visit the famous statues which dot the park, honoring everyone from Shakespeare to Balto. Snap photos at Bethesda Terrace, a beautiful piece of architecture, then head to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Begin your Midtown tour at the busy Columbus Circle. Head to the iconic NYC landmarks of Carnegie Hall, Rockefeller Center, and Times Square. Stroll down Fifth Avenue and window shop in the high-end stores. As you tour, learn about the city's history and the wealthy families who built many of its famous buildings. Finish your Midtown walking tour with a visit to New York’s most iconic skyscraper: the Empire State Building. Start the Grand Central Terminal tour outside and marvel at the stunning architecture. Head inside and tour the terminal, from its opulent upper levels to the speakeasy-style Oyster Bar below. As you walk through the vast Main Concourse and admire the constellation ceiling, hear the Station's fascinating history, including the multimillion-dollar rivalry between the Vanderbilts and the Astors. Your tour of Wall Street begins near Fraunces Tavern, a historic building from the revolutionary period. See the Charging Bull statue and the New York Stock Exchange while learning about the financial district’s seedy underbelly. Hear about Ponzi schemes, famous embezzlers, and thieves who faked their own deaths. Finish your tour with a somber visit to the 9/11 Memorial and see the towering One World Trade Center up close. Start your Battery Park walking tour in the park itself and enjoy the stunning view of the Statue of Liberty. As you stroll, learn the history of this iconic American symbol, including how it got here in the first place. Continue through the park and see its other famous monuments, including the SeaGlass Carousel. Discover Brooklyn on a self-guided tour starting in the center of the DUMBO neighborhood. Stroll through the borough, see New York’s hippest spots, and learn their history. Walk past the homes of famous authors Truman Capote and Norman Mailer and the hotel where a famous Godfather scene was filmed. Stop by a pair of pizza joints with a long-lived rivalry and enjoy beautiful views of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan skyline.

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What people are saying about The Battery

Our guide Russell gave us information about the Statue and Ellis Island that you just don’t find in the books. Since this was our first time and we wanted knowledge and not just the experience of looking a guided tour with Russell was enjoyable, educational and an experience we will remember forever!

Our guide Alice was so informative, enthusiastic, knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful. I am taking other friends on the tour again and I hope Alice is again our guide. She is great!

Very easy and everything went smoothly . Easy to find the venue . Enjoyable boat ride , everyone practiced safety .

Long queue for security and the ferry. But a great experience once you arrive on the island.

This trip is absolutely amazing! Loved every second